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Maguire confirms father injured in Wembley stampede

Published by The Nation on Wed, 14 Jul 2021


Agency ReporterEngland defender Harry Maguire said his father was left with rib injuries and struggled to breathe after being trampled by fans during crowd disturbances at Wembley Stadium before the Euro 2020 final against Italy.Supporters clashed with each other and officials, breached security cordons and charged into the perimeter area of Wembley before the start of Sundays game, which Italy won in a penalty shootout.British police said 19 of its officers were injured while 86 people, including 53 at the venue, were arrested.European soccers governing body UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings and charged Englands Football Association for disturbances.Read Also:Italy celebrate Euro 2020 title, Prime Minister to receive teamI think he was involved in a stampede and suffered a couple of injuries to his ribs. I spoke to him, he said he was scared, Maguire told The Sun.I dont want anyone to experience that going to watch football, especially a major final.The Football Association said on Monday it would conduct a full review into the security breach and condemned the behaviour of fans who forced their way into the stadium.It is estimated that as many as 5,000 supporters gained access to the stadium without a match ticket.Sources told ESPN that ticket readers stopped working for a period and fans either tailgated their way inquickly following behind those with legitimate tickets or broke in through entrances designed for disabled supporters.A group of Italys entourage, including the wife of midfielder Jorginho, was moved en masse, while sources told ESPN that the family members of several England players were abused by fans who had forced their way into the arena.
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